Trump's military parade, minus the tanks, set for Veterans Day

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The Pentagon has begun preparing for President Trump's requested military parade in Washington, D.C., but preliminary plans suggest it won't involve any tanks like the Bastille Day celebration that inspired it. And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.

The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be $10 million to $30 million. There won't be any tanks in consideration of Washington's roadways, but the plan calls for wheeled military vehicles to roll through the streets. It was sent from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will organize the event, and offers guidance as to how the parade will be carried out.

The organizers call for the parade to display the changing role of women in the military, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

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Last month Trump asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris past year.

"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of USA veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.

The letter asked for the inclusion of the Medal of Honor Association, as well as Veterans Service Organizations, and to have veterans and Medal of Honor recipients standing around President Trump at the Capitol.

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The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.

"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it".

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit", he added.

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